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Today’s save.

Farmer was going “to put a bullet thru his head” today. A Good Samaritan saved him and took him to the vet where a rescue was contacted. Mattie (short for Matthew) is only 12 months old. He has Demodex mange and pustules on his face. Mattie is having medicated baths and is on a course of antibiotics. If a foster cannot be found, he will have to stay in boarding. An experienced foster is needed who can keep up with his medicated baths and any medications he will be sent home with after he is released from the hospital.

How can anyone want “to put a bullet thru” the head of any animal let alone a 12-month-old puppy who has been in pain for quite some time? Laziness? Hate? We don’t know, but we are grateful that someone cared enough to step in and save Mattie’s life. The Samaritan paid for initial medical treatment but is not able to take him home or continue his care. The rescue was contacted and they immediately took responsibility for Mattie’s care and comfort.

Mattie has paws that are a little on the larger size so the vet thinks he is a larger breed dog, but until his skin clears up it is hard to tell exactly what breed or color he is. No matter what breed he may be, we see a beautiful soul underneath the mange, scars, and scabs. The volunteer who met him says he has a very sweet disposition and seems relieved to finally start on the path to feeling better. I’m sure his first medicated bath felt like heaven with no more itching and scratching. If you can offer a place to heal for Mattie please submit the application today. He is in Robertsdale, AL.

Mattie’s foster app

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Hoarding Situation in Monroe County, AL

An animal hoarding case in Monroe County, Alabama has brought in 21 small dogs, mostly Chihuahua mixes. The shelter is not releasing them for adoptions since they all are in need of medical care. The shelter has reached out to rescues and fosters are needing in order for the rescues to help them. Donations for medical care can also be made to the rescues once foster homes have been arranged and the dogs are out of the shelter.

Hoarding situations are heartbreaking for everyone involved, but mostly for the animals who suffer from abuse and neglect. Unsafe and unsanitary conditions can wear down even the strongest of animals over time. Many people who find themselves overloaded with too many animals may have started out with good intentions, but were unable to keep up with the care. I know of several situations where people drop off found and unwanted pets to a friend or neighbor they know who have helped in the past. More and more pets end up being dropped off and before you know it spirals out of control.

Some hoarding cases come about when backyard breeders take in as many unaltered dogs as they can and try and turn a profit out of sheer volume of puppies delivered and sold. The conditions are horrendous that the dogs must endure and sadly, many die from disease and neglect only to be replaced by the next dog added to the mix.

The pictures below are just a few I received from one of our partnered rescues who is trying to help these dogs. There are 21 dogs in total that were brought into the shelter and need our help. If you can foster, please submit the rescue’s application at jotform.us/gcurgents/application. If you can’t foster, please share this story so others can read it and maybe they can help. As a community, we can make a difference.

 

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Why Foster?

Aug 2016 shelter intake                        April 2018

Thanks for checking us out! I started this site because each year approximately 1.5 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters across the U.S. I volunteered for almost 2 years at a rural county shelter exercising the dogs and playing with the cats. I saw right away that one of the biggest problems rescues have in trying to save these healthy animals are the lack of temporary foster homes. A foster home is a temporary way stop for the animal to relax and unwind from the stress of being in the shelter while the rescue works on finding a permanent home. Rescues receive applications to adopt almost daily, but without a foster home for the animal to stay in while the application is processed and transportation arranged the rescue is unable to take the animal in. The shelters in this area euthanize for space so the longer an animal remains in the shelter the higher the risk of being euthanized for the kennel space.

This is where you come in! The dogs and cats (and even Stew E. the bunny) listed on this site are in need of fosters, some only for a few weeks while they are receiving their medical care (e.g. spay/neuter, shots, etc.) and transportation arranged if their approved adopter is outside of the immediate area. Many of the transport networks use volunteers to travel short legs of the trip and this all needs to be arranged. So while your foster hangs out at your house all of this is being done behind the scenes by the rescues. You and your foster can use this time to just relax and go on long walks, car rides (windows partially up, please!), give belly rubs, and receive grateful doggie kisses. What’s better than that?

Fostering may not be something that everyone is familiar with and that’s ok. When I started at the shelter I had no idea how any of it worked. The process is pretty straightforward:

  • Submit the application at the link posted for the pet you are interested in.
  • The rescue receives it and reviews it. Some rescues require an applicant to list personal references. Don’t be offended. They want to make sure you are the best home for the pet.
  • Someone from the rescue will contact you if everything checks out to let you know you are approved and to make arrangements for the dog or cat to be brought to you. A home visit may be done at that time. Home visits are important to make sure everything is in order to take your new housemate in!
  • Kennels and leashes may be provided by the rescue if you need them and don’t have them. Kennels are an important part of welcoming a new dog into the home. Kennels are the dog’s safe space where they can sleep and have some quiet time to themselves as they get used to your place.
  • The rescue will stay in touch to let you know when vet appointments are. If you can’t take your foster, a volunteer can pick up and drop back off. Just let the rescue know so they can line someone up.
  • Routines are important especially eating and potty time. Doing this from day 1 makes life go so much easier for both you and your foster. When I first brought my two pups home from the shelter (I am a foster failure, but that’s another story! My two are at the top of the page) we had to walk them every 2 hours no matter the weather to get a schedule set. Puppies will need more frequent potty breaks/walks as they have little bladders.

Remember those 2 hours I just mentioned? Guess who is at my feet doing the doggy pee-pee dance?

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This guy needs some groceries & a couch to call his own.

Can you help?

This poor guy needs an immediate foster! He wandered up to a house with his tail wagging and obviously starving. The house he wandered up to has 6 dogs and they are all getting along. He has not been named yet. If you can open your heart and home to this guy to keep him from going to the shelter, it will make all the difference in the world to him. 

Shelters are not the ideal place for an animal to find itself in. The constant barking and strong smells can stress even the friendliest animals out which can lead to the staff mislabeling them as scared or even aggressive and therefore unadoptable.